UN Report: N. Korea Trying to Protect Nuclear, Missile Capabilities
North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs remain intact and the country is working to make sure those capabilities cannot be destroyed by any military strikes, according to a confidential report by U.N. sanctions monitors. The report to a 15-member U.N. Security Council sanctions committee, seen by Reuters on Monday, comes ahead of a second planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later this month. They initially met in June 2018 and Kim pledged to work toward denuclearization. While Trump has hailed "tremendous progress" in his dealings with North Korea, the U.N. report found that Pyongyang "is using civilian facilities, including airports, for ballistic missile assembly and testing with the goal of effectively preventing 'decapitation' strikes" on a smaller number of identified nuclear and missile assembly and manufacturing sites." The report said it "found evidence of a consistent trend on the part of the DPRK to disperse its assembly, storage and testing locations," using the abbreviation for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The North Korean mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the 317-page U.N. report, which was submitted to Security Council members on Friday. The U.N. Security Council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, banning exports including coal, iron, lead, textiles and seafood, and capping imports of crude oil and refined petroleum products. Ineffective sanctions "The country continues to defy Security Council resolutions through a massive increase in illegal ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products and coal," the sanctions monitors found. "These violations render the latest U.N. sanctions ineffective." The monitors said they had evidence of one unprecedented prohibited petroleum product transfer of more... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, UN Report: N. Korea Trying to Protect Nuclear, Missile Capabilities, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: VOA NEWS - Monday, 4 February, 2019
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